St. Louis Public Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will assume the operational and programming duties of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s public radio station KMST 88.5 FM, effective July 1, 2017.

St. Louis Public Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will assume the operational and programming duties of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s public radio station KMST 88.5 FM, effective July 1, 2017. 

“For more than 40 years, KMST has played a significant role in the culture and social fabric of our community and the surrounding area,” says Missouri S&T interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples. “This arrangement with St. Louis Public Radio will ensure that KMST’s loyal listeners will continue to benefit from quality public radio programming for many years to come.”
Missouri S&T Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Careaga said it was a cost-cutting move that would save the university $240,000 per year.
“It was a streamlining of operations,” he said. “One of the stipulations of the budget cut was that there would be no cuts to faculty positions—all academic programs will remain.” He added that seven positions associated with the radio station would be eliminated.
“The KMST 88.5 call letters will remain and a popular program, ‘Bluegrass Saturday Night’ will continue,” he said.
“St. Louis Public Radio is one of the best public radio stations in the country – consistently winning national accolades and new audience share,” University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellor Tom George says. “We look forward to partnering with Missouri S&T to provide the Rolla and Phelps County area superior news-talk programming.”
KMST will now be a part of the St. Louis Public Radio network joining 90.7 KWMU and 90.3 WQUB. Under the umbrella of St. Louis Public Radio, KMST will now broadcast St. Louis Public Radio’s current program schedule. KMST listeners will continue to offer signature public radio programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, 1A, The Moth Radio Hour and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. In addition, they will now be able to hear other signature public radio programs such as Science Friday, The Takeaway, Fresh Air, The World and BBC World Service.
One exception to St. Louis Public Radio’s current schedule will involve the retention of the KMST program Bluegrass for a Saturday Night.
“Public radio is a vitally important asset to the many communities it serves, so it is important to us to ensure that KMST will continue serving the Rolla area,” says St. Louis Public Radio general manager Tim Eby.
As part of the change, KMST listeners will now have access to expanded statewide news coverage and regular reports from St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin. Additionally, St. Louis Public Radio officials pledge to continue supporting civic events and cultural programs in the Rolla area.
“Moving forward, it is our goal for St. Louis Public Radio to remain an important part of the cultural fabric of the Rolla community through various